28 days in Atlanta, Helen & Florida Itinerary

28 days in Atlanta, Helen & Florida Itinerary

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28 days in Atlanta, Helen & Florida Itinerary

Start: Istanbul
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Atlanta
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Helen
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Clearwater
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Orlando
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Winter Haven
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Marco Island
— 1 night
ferry:  2​h 30​min
7
Key West
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
8
Marathon
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Key Largo
— 3 nights
taxi + bus:  2​h
10
Everglades National Park
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
11
Miami
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Istanbul

1
night
Atlanta

Atlanta ©
Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Lenox Square, Buckhead, Virginia-Highland, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): wander the streets of Virginia-Highland, then take a stroll through Buckhead, then browse the different shops at Lenox Square, and finally find something for the whole family at SKYVIEW Atlanta. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu): contemplate the long history of Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Georgia Aquarium.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Atlanta trip planner .

Istanbul, Turkey to Atlanta is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Istanbul to Atlanta due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in Atlanta can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Helen.

Things to do in Atlanta

Shopping Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Lenox Square ©
Lenox Square
Georgia Aquarium ©
Georgia Aquarium

1
night
Helen

Helen ©
A taste of Bavaria right in the heart of Georgia's "Historic High Country," Helen houses just 400 residents but hosts over 200 shops that sell everything from handmade sweaters to Christmas ornaments.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Anna Ruby Falls, then admire the sheer force of Sea Creek Falls, and then learn about winemaking at Crane Creek Vineyards. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Charlemagne's Kingdom and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Helen trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Atlanta to Helen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Atlanta in August, expect Helen to be little chillier, temps between 33°C and 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Clearwater.

Things to do in Helen

Nature Parks Adventure

Side Trips

Crane Creek Vineyards, Sea Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Anna Ruby Falls ©
Anna Ruby Falls
Crane Creek Vineyards ©
Crane Creek Vineyards
Sea Creek Falls ©
Sea Creek Falls

1
night
Clearwater

Clearwater ©
Holding the record for most consecutive days of sunshine in a single year, Clearwater offers long sandy beaches and proximity to other major cities in the Tampa Bay area.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Dali Museum. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at The Dali Museum and then enjoy the sand and surf at Clearwater Beach.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Clearwater sightseeing planner .

Do a combination of car and flight from Helen to Clearwater in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, Clearwater is somewhat warmer than Helen - with highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Orlando.

Things to do in Clearwater

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

The Dali Museum
Highlights from your plan
Clearwater Beach ©
Clearwater Beach
The Dali Museum ©
The Dali Museum

5
nights
Orlando

Orlando ©
For most people, any mention of Orlando immediately conjures up images of sprawling theme parks filled with characters plucked right out of popular animated movies.
NASA Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex has been added to your itinerary. Kids will enjoy Discovery Cove and Universal's Islands of Adventure. Have a day of magic on the 28th (Wed) at Walt Disney World Resort. Have a day of magic on the 27th (Tue) at Disney's Animal Kingdom. There's more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Orlando Resort and make an unforgettable trip to Happily Ever After Fireworks.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Orlando travel route planner.

Drive from Clearwater to Orlando in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Orlando can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Winter Haven.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

NASA Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Highlights from your plan
Universal Orlando Resort ©
Universal Orlando Resort
Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort
Discovery Cove ©
Discovery Cove

2
nights
Winter Haven

Winter Haven ©
Winter Haven boasts over 50 lakes within its borders, most notably Florida's famed Chain of Lakes.
You've now added Legoland Florida Resort to your itinerary. On the 31st (Sat), get curious at Dinosaur World and then look for all kinds of wild species at Circle B Bar Reserve. On your second day here, cool off at Legoland Florida Resort.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Winter Haven trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Orlando to Winter Haven takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Winter Haven are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Marco Island.

Things to do in Winter Haven

Theme Parks Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Dinosaur World, Circle B Bar Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Legoland Florida Resort ©
Legoland Florida Resort
Circle B Bar Reserve ©
Circle B Bar Reserve
Dinosaur World ©
Dinosaur World

1
night
Marco Island

Marco Island is a city in Collier County, Florida, United States, located on an island by the same name in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Southwest Florida. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Marco Island journey maker app .

Getting from Winter Haven to Marco Island by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Key West.

Things to do in Marco Island

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Parasailing & Paragliding

3
nights
Key West

Key West ©
Located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba, Key West is an island only about 6.4 km (4 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide.
Shop till you drop at Alan S. Maltz Gallery and Isle Cook Key West. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and Truman Little White House. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, steep yourself in history at Curry Mansion, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and stroll the grounds of Key West Cemetery.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Key West travel planner .

Ride a ferry from Marco Island to Key West in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Key West when traveling from Marco Island in September, with lows around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Marathon.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©
Truman Little White House ©
Truman Little White House

3
nights
Marathon

Marathon ©
A tiny city just 16 km (10 mi) long, Marathon is spread across several islands in the middle of the Florida Keys.
Relax by the water at Bahia Honda State Park and Sombrero Beach. Kids will appreciate attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Dolphin Research Center. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Marathon: Islamorada (Parasailing & Paragliding & Michelle Nicole Lowe Art Gallery). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at San Pablo Catholic Church, get interesting insight from Tours, and identify plant and animal life at The Turtle Hospital.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Marathon day trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Key West to Marathon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daytime highs in Marathon are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Key Largo.

Things to do in Marathon

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Islamorada, Bahia Honda State Park
Highlights from your plan
Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
Sombrero Beach ©
Sombrero Beach
Dolphin Research Center ©
Dolphin Research Center

3
nights
Key Largo

The northernmost island of the Florida Keys, Key Largo provides stunning scenery, a number of watersports opportunities, and plenty of areas to relax on vacation.
Shop till you drop at Lobster Trap Art Gallery and Sandal Factory Outlet. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Fishing Charters & Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Key Largo: Coral Castle (in Homestead) and Islamorada (The Rain Barrel Artisan Village, Islamorada Beer Company Brewery and Tasting Room, & more). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center and admire all the interesting features of Spiegel Grove.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Key Largo attractions planning site .

Drive from Marathon to Key Largo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, daily temperatures in Key Largo can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Everglades National Park.

Things to do in Key Largo

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Islamorada, Coral Castle
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
nights
Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park ©
A vast expanse of pristine wetlands, Everglades National Park holds the distinction of being the largest tropical wilderness in the U.S.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Miccosukee Indian Village and then look for all kinds of wild species at Shark Valley.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Everglades National Park online visit planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Key Largo to Everglades National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow time for the train ride to Miami.

Things to do in Everglades National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Miccosukee Indian Village
Highlights from your plan
Shark Valley Visitor Center ©
Shark Valley Visitor Center
Flamingo ©
Flamingo
Miccosukee Indian Village ©
Miccosukee Indian Village

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nights
Miami

Miami ©
Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at South Beach. On your second day here, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, then get a taste of the local shopping with Lincoln Road, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Bayside Marketplace.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Miami trip planning website .

Take a train from Everglades National Park to Miami in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Miami

Outdoors Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Miami Beach
Highlights from your plan
Lincoln Road ©
Lincoln Road
South Beach ©
South Beach
Art Deco Historic District ©
Art Deco Historic District

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